Summer Counseling Program Helps Uplift Graduates Stay in College

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As the Uplift Education graduates from the classes of 2011 and 2012 return home from college, 75% are on track to graduate from a four-year university, a rate that is more than double the national average. The Uplift network attributes this success to Road to College (RTC) program and the alumni program counseling support it provides.

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As the Uplift Education graduates from the classes of 2011 and 2012 return home from college for the summer, 75% are on track to graduate from a four-year university, a rate that is more than double the national average. The Uplift network attributes this success to Road to College (RTC) program and the alumni counseling support it provides.

The Uplift RTC program holds various workshops through their Bridge initiative to help counsel students based on their collective interests and needs. For the first annual Alumni Bridge Day, more than 60 alumni came to the full day of programming at Uplift North Hills Preparatory in Irving to pick up tips about how to prepare for life after college.

Based off student surveys, focus groups, and knowledge from working with the alumni, the RTC team created workshops focused on providing alumni relevant, real world information from graduate school to financial literacy. Students heard from community members across graduate school programs and career fields, job recruiting, interview skills, dining etiquette and resume building.

April Bowman, director of alumni programs at Uplift, said the program was tailored to students’ specific needs.

“The Bridge program is an extension of what our alumni said they needed from us as a network. We’re providing our alumni really important and relevant information to help them think about the necessary steps to be job and real-world ready,” Ms. Bowman said.

Currently, Uplift has more than 400 rising sophomores and juniors in colleges and universities state and nationwide. From the classes of 2011 and 2012, the alumni are persisting in college at rates well above the state average. According to the Houston Endowment, only 11% of students from low-income communities are graduating from a four-year university within six years. At Uplift currently 95% of the class of 2012 are on track to graduate from college and 89% of the class of 2011 are currently in or have graduate from college.

“We work to connect our alumni to a network of support and to the bigger picture of how all the decisions they are making during this time in their lives can affect their futures. It’s easier to drop out when you don’t see how everything is connected," said Aimee Rincon, senior director of the RTC program.

For the past two years the RTC team has held a similar Bridge Day for seniors to prepare them for college and has plans to host a Bridge Day for parents this summer to provide them with support to send their children off to college.

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About Uplift Education
Uplift Education is a is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating a network of 26 tuition-free, college preparatory, public charter schools in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving on 12 campuses. Uplift Education schools provide a rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum, with an emphasis on college preparation – 100% of graduates are accepted to college. Uplift Education educates 7,500 students, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Uplift schools are public schools -- students are selected by a blind lottery with no information collected on their past academic performance. For more information, visit uplifteducation.org or facebook.com/uplifteducation.

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